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National park tips: Here’s the coziest old lodge you’ve never heard of

Drakesad Guest Ranch, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park, is a throwback, from its old-school stove to the knotty pine paneling.
(Courtesy of Drakesbad Guest Ranch)

You’ll need to do some advance work to get a reservation, but Lassen Volcanic National Park’s underappreciated Drakesbad Guest Ranch, about 170 miles north of Sacramento, is a rare throwback that’s worth it.

It’s a summertime lodge and rustic cabins (set to open June 2, 2017), that go back to 1900. Neighbored by stables, the lodge runs much like a dude ranch, featuring a spring-fed pool. Lodge rooms, cabins and bungalows for two feature plenty of wood paneling and rely on kerosene lamps for light.

In 2016, rates were usually $147 to $177 per person per night, three daily meals included.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is unmatched in the park system »

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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